Sept 13, 2018

Just sitting at my desk this morning, waiting for the remnants of hurricane Florence to bring us rain in several days. It’s like watching a tea pot on the stove and waiting for it to blow off steam. The sky is still much too bright for any serious participation. But, I am assured by the Weather Channel that rain is on its way.
Waiting has never been the strongest suit of mine, though I’ve made an effort over the years to be better at waiting. You know, I have never known anyone who enjoyed waiting–at least waiting in line at the grocery store or at a fast-food drive thru. However, changing perspective about the wait can make a lot of difference. What if I try to be pleasant, think about others, engage in conversation, and think happy thoughts while I wait? I think I will give it a try and see how things work out. The NICU seems to be a good test that God can use as well…trust me it’s true!
God’s people must learn how to wait for the fulfillment of His promises. James draws a practical example from everyday life, saying, “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains” (Jas. 5:7). The farmer has learned to wait–to trust that rain is coming and his crop will produce its fruit. In the same way, James exhorts us to be patient and strengthen our hearts in knowing that the coming of the Lord is certain (vs. 8).
The inspired writer of the book of Hebrews says that while “it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment”, He “will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him” (Heb. 9:27-28). All who truly trust in God wait for the fulfillment of His promises. “Eagerly awaiting” is an expression of our love and trust in the Lord.
Our hearts are strengthened by these words of the prophet: “Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary” (Isa. 40:31). With the assurance of such promises, we can both endure the wait and find strength while we wait.
Happy Homecoming,
Pastor Jayson

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Pastor’s Corner

The gospel of Jesus Christ is intended for all races and classes of humanity. It is intended to save the most morally upright person this nation has, as well as the vilest of sinners. This is because the gospel can change the hearts of men and women and bring about their conversion (Matt. 18:3; Acts 3:19). Some unlikely prospects for the gospel have proven to be capable of conversion, such as Saul of Tarsus, Cornelius, a Roman military officer, Matthew the tax collector, and the Philippian jailer. To most Christians, these men might not have been considered “good prospects” for the gospel.
What can we learn from the conversions of these men?
 
1) We Must Not Prejudge The Hearts Of Men. Even Paul, one who was “formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man,” and who considered himself to be the chief of sinners, could be obtain mercy from God.
2) Christ Can Change The Hearts Of Men. At our conversion, we become new creatures. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Cor. 5:17).
3) The Gospel Has Not Lost Its Power. The gospel is still “living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword” (Heb. 4:12), and is still “the power of God to salvation” (Rom. 1:16). We must preach what people need, not what they want.
 
If you are a Christian, use your opportunities to teach the gospel. If you are not a Christian, remember that the gospel will be the standard of judgment. “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day” (John 12:48).
Pastor Jayson

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